First, I’d like to thank Stella for having me back on Ex Libris. I’m happy to be here!
My new novel, Master and Apprentice, has just been released for sale. And since bookstore signings have been dying out for a while, and there appear to be a few less bookstores around than there used to be, I won’t have any book signings scheduled for this release.
But since book signings can be interesting, I thought I’d bring part of the experience to the Internet. Following is a presentation of frequently asked questions at bookstore signings, and how I usually answer them.
Here I am, sitting behind a table stacked with copies of Master and Apprentice. The occasional random person wanders by with questions like these:
Q: Did you write this book?
A: No. I just like the cover, so I took all the copies over here to this table that I happened to have in the trunk of my car. I’m going to build a tower out of them. Wanna help?
Q: What’s this book about?
A: Genies and stuff. And there’s a princess. I forget the rest.
Q: Where do you get your ideas?
A: Zuul, Lord of the Underworld, whispers them directly into my brain.
Q: Where’s the vampire section? I need a new copy of Twilight.
A: *bursts into tears*
Q: Why is there a dog on the cover?
A: That’s Killer. He belongs to the cover artist, and I had to let him include the dog or he was going to put Donatti in a yellow dress with daisies on it.
Q: I loved your first book. When’s the next one coming out?
A: [Incoherent stammering assures that reader will no longer look for the next one because author is a dribbling moron]
Q: Where’s the bathroom?
A: Head toward the Starbucks, hang a left at the Sci-Fi section, then straight past the magazines. Careful – the toilet in the second stall doesn’t flush right.
Q: I’ve always wanted to meet a famous author. Do you think I could have your autograph?
A: Sure. Thanks, Mom.
And there you have it: a typical bookstore signing. How I’ll miss them.
To be honest, I don’t think it’s anyone’s fault that book signings usually turn out this way. It’s awkward for both readers and authors to try and talk to a person they’ve never met before about a subject they may or may not be familiar with. Face-to-face conversations with strangers are intimidating for a lot of people.
That’s why I love the Internet. So, if you have any typical book signing questions for me – or any kind of question – feel free to leave a comment, and I’ll answer. I’ll even tell you where the bathroom is.
I love this series so much that I want you to discover it too, so I'll give away a copy of either Book#1 Master of None or Book#2 Master and Apprentice (winner's choice) to a lucky commentator.
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Giveaway is international (anywhere the Book Depository ships) and ends Saturday 9 April 2011.